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SoftBank US Stake Sale Tipped As Imminent

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Additional details emerged about a potential move by SoftBank Group to cut its stake in T-Mobile US, with Bloomberg reporting the company aimed to sell US$20 billion-worth of its current holding.

The news outlet placed SoftBank’s stake at US$31 billion, meaning the rumoured deal would amount to a significant portion of its share in the recently combined business. As previously reported, Deutsche Telekom is in the frame as a purchaser, with Bloomberg stating other investors are also in discussions and a deal could be agreed this week.

Terms of the Sprint and T-Mobile merger agreement would require Deutsche Telekom to agree to a sale to a third party, though direct transfers between the parents are fair game.

Deutsche Telekom holds a 43 per cent stake in T-Mobile, and CEO Timotheus Hoettges said on the German incumbent’s recent earnings call “we believe in the stock” but did not answer a question about upping its holding.

In March, Reuters speculated SoftBank could look to cut its T-Mobile stake after the Japan-based company outlined plans to shed US$41 billion in assets to cut debt.

The rumour mill stepped-up this week after SoftBank booked a record net loss of JPY961.6 billion (US$8.9 billion) in the year to end-March.   https://www.mobileworldlive.com

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